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  • Losehill Hall - Manager Alistair Boyd (53) has set up his own brewery at Losehill Hall Youth Hostel (which is situated between Hope and Castleton and opened in February 2012 to replaced the now closed Castleton Youth Hostel) using the kit from the old Edale Brewery in Hope.
  • abbeydale moon block Abbeydale Brewery - Firstly, a HUGE thank you to everyone who came down to SunFest, it was a roaring success as always! It's almost time to start planning next year's festival! By the time you are reading this, Tramlines should have been and gone.
  • photo1 Stancill Brewery - Iconic brewery bar brought to life in Sheffield, with live bands and street food! Fortunately, as well as rescuing the brewing kit, Stancill Brewery has managed to rescue another relic - the original Bar from the brewery Tap!
  • Blue Bee Geek 1.3 Blue Bee Brewery - First of all, a small apology. To the 2.5million people who turned out to watch the Tour de France as it passed through Yorkshire, finishing Stage 2 in Sheffield. Blue Bee is sorry that not everyone got to sample their special Hops on t'Bike.
  • cabby_chino_pump (2) Kelham Island Brewery - A great new Coffee Porter and our fastest ever selling seasonal will be on offer to Kelham fans this month. Cabby Chino 4% is lavish porter brewed with black, crystal and chocolate malts pepped up with a shot of coffee added during the conditioning process.
  • Hyphen_F_ Blue Bee Brewery - The next beer in the Punktuation series is Hyphen - we've just received a preview of the pump clip!

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Festivals

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Steel City 40th Beer & Cider Festival

It’s our festival’s 40th birthday this year and we are looking at bringing you something special to celebrate. See the festival’s dedicated webpage for details.

Below is a guide to events in or near Sheffield that we are aware of over the next few weeks.

Grantham Railway Club

Wed 6 – Sat 9 Aug

The venue is just 3 minutes walk from Grantham railway station, served by direct trains from Sheffield and features over 30 real ales, ciders and perry. Free entry for CAMRA members, £2 for others.

Matlock & Dales CAMRA – MAD at The Fishponds

Fri 8 – Sat 9 Aug

Held at the Fishponds pub in Matlock Bath, this festival features around 40 locally sourced real ales over several bars.

Hartfest

Fri 8 – Sat 9 Aug

A music festival that also features real ale held at the Blue Bell pub in Harthill Village near Rotherham. Advance tickets advisable.

Bus 74 runs direct from Sheffield to Harthill in the daytime, evenings bus 29A runs from Harthill to Kiveton connecting with bus X5 and trains to Sheffield.

Great British Beer Festival

Tue 12 – Sat 16 Aug

Held at Olympia in London, a great classic glass roofed exhibition hall next to Kensington Olympia railway station, this is CAMRA’s flagship national festival showcasing the full range of real ale styles with cask beers source from across the UK and also America plus beers from across Europe too. There is also a massive choice of ciders and perries. The total range of beers and ciders amounts to a choice of around 800 (note on Saturday it is a reduced choice).

Also at GBBF are retail stalls, food stalls, games, breweriana auctions, tutored tasting events, live music and more.

Entry tickets are cheaper if bought in advance online – see www.gbbf.org.uk for details.

Travel from Sheffield to London is very easy, trains run every half hour to St Pancras operated by East Midlands Trains and coaches run regularly to Victoria operated by National Express and Megabus. Olympia is on the Overground train network.

Barlow Carnival

Sat 16 Aug

The annual village Carnival at Barlow, near Dronfield, sees a brilliant themed parade through the village, a funfair, lots of stalls, displays and entertainment.

Barlow Brewery hosts ‘Rock the Carnival’ with a programme of live music throughout the afternoon and evening along with a beer tent serving a range of Barlow Brewery beers and a Hog Roast stall, all in the converted farmyard setting outside the brewery. A small admission charge (£2) is made, this however gets you an all day wristband.

In addition there is a bar in the main Carnival field.

Bus service 16/16A (Dronfield-Holmesfield-Barlow-Chesterfield) operated by TM Travel will drop you outside Barlow Brewery (see www.tmtravel.co.uk for timetable and fares).

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Awards

  • Anglers Rest DPOTY Presentations… - A select crowd headed out to the Anglers Rest at Millers Dale for the presentation of our District Pub of the Year award.
  • gate troway Dronfield Pub of the Season Summer 2014 - Members of our Dronfield & District sub-branch have voted to award their Summer Pub of the Season to the Gate Inn at Troway.
  • P1020749 Pub of the Month May 2014 Presentation - The Closed shop team were presented with their winners certificate on an enjoyable evening that also featured a beer festival, games and a chip butty based buffet.

Pub News

  • thebrewhouse The Brewhouse - Sheffield's latest craft beer bar, The Brewhouse, has now opened it's doors. Behind the Brewhouse is Mark Simmonite, who also opened Henry's next door. Mark's ethos behind the Brewhouse is to give good beer the stage it deserves - enjoyed in a modern, stylish quality environment where all feel comfortable.

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Inn Brief

  • Inn Brief

    On 1st July, The Angel Spinkhill Community Interest Company exchanged contracts on The Angel Hotel with Punch Taverns. On the completion date (26th August), they will own the building.

    This is a significant step in the campaign to Save The Angel. The total figure raised by their appeal was £170,870. This is made up of four major investors (£30k each) and £50,870 from individual investors.

    The Castle Inn (Bolsterstone) has reopened.

    Dean and Amanda Crookes have purchased the Rivelin, Tofts Lane, Sheffield. After closing the pub for a short period post completion, they plan to re-open shortly afterwards after refurbishment.

    Lauren White is leaving the Travellers Rest in Apperknowle which she has helped landlady Sara run for the last two years to go to a new job at the Tickled Trout in Barlow, which is due to reopen soon under its new ownership. The Trout’s website (www.tickledtroutbarlow.com) gives an idea of the new owners ethos, it will be food led with good quality cooking but with the relaxed atmosphere and good beer a pub environment offers.

    A new live music venue has opened on Dronfield High Street – JD’s lounge. The bar does not currently offer real ale but the possibilities of putting cask beer in is currently being investigated!

    Riverside Live on Mowbray Street sees a change to the food offering from 1st August with the Twisted Burger Company taking residency in their kitchen. Twisted Burger Company started out life as the Harley Hotel’s food offer (and still is) and has expanded doing burger stalls at festivals and recently took their brand to the Aire Bar in Leeds for a few months.

    The White Lion at Heeley is through to the regional final to be the best “entertainment venue” in the North of England and Scotland for the Morning Advertiser awards.

    The Maida Vale bar is now open on West Street, this is a live music venue in the premises previously known as the Bedroom and the Saddle. It is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9pm to 4am and has real ale available.


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Campaign News

  • Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 16.51.56 Whatpub.com - What Pub is CAMRA's national pub database website and is growing to become the first port of call to find out comprehensive information about real ale pubs in the UK.

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Other News

  • beer-master-standing-cropped Win a year’s worth of beer with our “Beer Master’s Tache” competition - This year’s Great British Beer Festival will be hosted by the BEER MASTER, who has used all of his extensive knowledge to select more than 900 of the best beers, ciders and perries from Britain and overseas.
  • DSC_0494 Beer Central - Beer Central have just celebrated their first six months of trading down in the Moor Market and continue to sell an excellent range of bottles, cans, mini-kegs and gift boxes.